Islander Police Log: Man charged in sex assault

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A local man was charged April 28 for an alleged sexual assault earlier that month.

Matthew Pistella, 25, was summonsed on a charge of unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by Lt. Mike Miller that began April 18 when a woman reported she had been assaulted at a residence.

Class D crimes are punishable by up to one year in jail.

A vehicle reported stolen in Bangor in October was discovered Monday abandoned on a property off the Seawall Road. A relative of the property owner notified police.

Police said the red Mitsubishi appeared to have been on the property for some time. Bangor police were made aware of the find.

Bar Harbor

A woman came to the police station the morning of April 26 to report having been assaulted earlier that morning by her domestic partner. After taking the report, Officer Brad O’Neil found George Rumill, 34, of Bar Harbor, at home. Rumill was taken to the police department, arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault and later taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Sara Patterson, 32, of Bar Harbor was arrested April 29 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

A minor vehicle-pedestrian accident was reported Monday afternoon. Robert Benson, 47, of Mount Desert was turning his Hyundai sedan left from Main Street onto Mount Desert Street when it struck a pedestrian, Taylor Cummings, 39, of Bar Harbor, in the crosswalk, according to reports. Benson was distracted and didn’t see Cummings, police said. No citation was issued, and no major injuries were reported.

A vehicle was reported stuck in the sand bar at Bar Island Sunday afternoon. A tow company helped the owner retrieve his vehicle.

Police and firefighters responded to reports of a sparking electrical transformer on the Eagle Lake Road near Norway Drive April 28. When they arrived, an Emera Maine crew was already there addressing the problem.


An investigation into a domestic violence complaint here Friday resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old resident.

Ailin Rafferty was arrested on a charge of violating the conditions of his release by Maine State Police.

Mount Desert

A suspicious person reported Sunday in Pretty Marsh turned out to be one of the town’s licensed commercial clam diggers.

A necklace found at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Northeast Harbor was turned into police April 28 and placed into lost and found.


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